The Guru – As I understand

A few days back a ‘Godman’ hijacked the entire law and order system of the country. The worst part was his frivolous supporters took the law into their own hands and damaged the public property. This entire incident made me question what kind of saint he is? What kind of teachings has he given to his disciples? This ultimately made me question why do people follow such saints? The answer that seemed most logical was that the majority of people in India are suffering from some problems or difficulties in their lives be it financially or health related. An access to such ‘babas’ gives them a ray of hope that he might do some miracle and will put an end to their sufferings, the blind faith later hijacks their intellect. People fail to accept that problems or obstacles are a part of human life and there is seldom an easy escape from it. Such Godmen mostly plays on the fear of the people. After the violent incidents that took place a large chunk of people went on to abuse every saint and generalizing every spiritual leader as a ‘conman’. In quest of proving their self-righteous, they forgot that spirituality and teachings of our sages have been the foundation of this nation. In a bid to prove themselves as intellectuals they forgot that we are the children of some of the greatest saints like Swami Vivekananda, Buddha, Kabir, Baba Bulleh Shah, Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Guru Nanak etc. The ancient spiritual knowledge is the very own foundation of our existence as a civilization. Spirituality isn’t about worshipping idols, the whole essence of spirituality lies in knowing the self. My entire spiritual journey has been revolving around only one question i.e ‘Who am I?’. When the journey to self-realization begins it is when the need of saints or Guru actually arises, and to my personal experience when you are on the journey of realizing the self, the universe automatically brings you to the right Guru. Please also remember that it is spiritual knowledge of our saints that brought people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and thousand others every day to India as part of their journey of knowing the self. Yes, there are many ‘self-styled Godman’ in India that are fooling people, but we must not forget that without our saints, sages, and Vedanta we don’t exist as a civilization.
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

India – A Forgotten Civilization

“Charhte Sooraj Dhalde Wekhe, Bujhe Deewe Balde Wekhe,
Heeray Da Koi Mul Na Taare, Khote Sikky Chalde Wekhe,

Jinnan Da Na Jag Te Koi, Oovi Puttar Palde Wekhe,
Aohdi Rehmat Dey Naal Bande, Pani Uttey Chalde Wekhe

Loki Kehnde Dal Ni Galdi, Mein Te Pathar Galde Wekhe
Jinha Qadar Na Ketti Yaar Di ‘Bulhiya’ Hath Khali Oo Malde Wekhe”

These were the words of Baba Bulleh Shah who was an epitome of spiritual wisdom born on this great land of ‘Hind’. But unfortunately forgotten is Baba Bulleh Shah, forgotten is the sacrifice of Guru Tegh Bahadur, forgotten is the wisdom of Guru Nanak and forgotten are values of world’s most ancient civilization. India is not just a country, it’s a civilization. It was a society that had equal representation of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims all living together as one family. A Land where the foundation stone of Sikh’s holiest pilgrimage ‘The Golden Temple’  was laid by a Muslim Saint ‘Peer Miya Mir’. The civilization that was most amazing in its nobility. We citizens of India rejoice every time when we hear about Independence, for many including my grandparents that day of August 15 1947, was nothing less than a nightmare. Millions like my grandparents were forced to leave their homeland because that day the dreamland of ‘Hind’ was amputated on basis of religion. Amputated was the world’s most ancient civilization which was derived from two rivers namely Indus and Ganges and truncated rivers don’t form a civilization. An India without Nankana, Sindh, Lahore, Multan, Chittagong, and Sunderbans is not India. Ironically we have Sindh in our national anthem but not part of our nation. What followed post-Independence were series of diplomatic and intellectual blunders that we were made to believe that its fine to not acknowledge our heritage, its fine if we don’t have land of Lord Rama’s sons Luv(Lahore) and Kush(Kasur). The same Lahore and Kasur doesn’t have a single Hindu and doesn’t celebrate Diwali anymore. 

Nothing could be worse that children in India are taught that mass murderer like Aurangzeb, Babur and Taimur were their emperors and people in India name their children after these such monsters. Every conqueror of ‘Hind’ has city named after him. Would you imagine people named after Hitler in Poland or Israel? The personalities like Dara Shikoh, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, Raja Dahir and Guru Nanak found no place in our history textbooks.

In the pursuit of earning money, we have been made to forget our very own heritage. The reason behind this intellectual destruction was the invasion by Mughals followed by much dreadful annexation of Indian Subcontinent by the British. The series of invasions completely disintegrated our entire education and social system. We were made to believe the two nation theory, the theory that divided the Indian Subcontinent on basis of religion. The propagated hatred lead towards building world’s first Islamic Nation called ‘Pakistan’. A nation whose existence was based on religious supremacy and hatred. Our ignorance lead to lives of 3 Million people in 1971 in Bangladesh and 100s lives every day which are lost in Balochistan. The same Baloch people who consider themselves as Indians are dying every day at cost of our ignorance and despite being a Muslim are still guarding world’s most ancient Hindu temple of Goddess Hinglaj from the evil forces of religious supremacy. We even left ‘Abdul Gaffar Khan’ one of the greatest leaders of Indian Freedom Movement to the wolves of Muslim League.

For India to regain its heritage its extremely important to acknowledge our heritage. We are from Taxila, Nalanda, and Harrapa with our children being Dalai Lama, Buddha, Guru Nanak and Bulleh Shah. We need to take ownership of Vedas, The Mahabharata, and Bhagwad Geeta. We proudly talk about democracy but let me tell you there is no use of democracy without Individual liberty. A liberty where a boy and a girl are permitted to fall in love irrespective of caste and religion, where a person is acknowledged solely on his ideas, where every individual is treated equally irrespective of his economic sanctity, where every woman is treated with full dignity and respect. If we want to rise as a nation state that has a place as an economic superpower like it used to be in the 17th century with 24.5% of world’s GDP we need to break barriers of caste and religion. The day when every Indian says with confidence that my religion is ‘Hindustani’ and my caste is ‘dalit’ that is the day we will conquer the world.

MozLounge – The Event that created a new community.

This year our witnessed the power of Mozilla Community. ‘MozLounge’ a single day workshop was organized on 11th March 2014 at GNIT, Haryana. The main agenda of the event was to make students aware regarding Mozilla Community. Around 60 people participated in the event despite of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.

The event started with a welcome note by me. My friends Sajeev Soni, Mohit Kakkar and Rahul Bains (all Mozillians) addressed the gathering. Rahul started off and made students familiar with Mozilla and its Mission. Later on Sajeev acquainted participants on how they can contribute to Localization and SUMO. Mohit followed up and delivered and awesome session on Webmaker Tools. Later participants were introduced to Firefox OS and its App. Development Session by me.

‘MozLounge’ was successful in motivating participants for contributing to Mozilla. As ‘MozLounge’ came to an end Haryana State witnessed its first ever Mozilla event and a community of people passionate about contributing to Mozilla was started.

The partcipants -  all looking cheered up.

The partcipants – all looking cheered up.

Sajeev making participants familiar with Localization and SUMO.

Sajeev making participants familiar with Localization and SUMO.

Thats the swag,

Thats the swag,

Thats me delivering session on Firefox OS.

Thats me delivering session on Firefox OS.

My conclusion on a thing called ‘Life’

Why couldn’t I make my way to IITs? Was I that bad? Why am I here? These were the questions which were making me depressed and whenever I thought about it I always cried thinking that my future is in dark, now I won’t be able to live the life I expected to live. I won’t be able to get a good job or a good career ahead. But yesterday a thought came to my mind, ‘What am I doing?’ And finally I came to know the reason of my failure. I remember the days when I was preparing for JEE. During those days due to workload sometimes I got frustrated, sometimes I even studied for 14 hours a day. I even thought of giving up my preparation. While preparing for competitive exams I often thought that I would get into an IIT or other good college, then I would go to abroad to get a masters degree from a good international university. I always used to see my bro (Who is an alumni of one of the finest college of the country) and to be better than him. I always worried about my future without considering my present and what pathetic result I got everybody knows. After my results I was about to end my life a sudden strange voice came from my heart, ‘Amit, its just the beginning’. Suddenly my mom came and she stopped me. My parents took me to a trip to Musoorie and for the first time in my life I thought that ‘Zindagi itni bhi buri nahi hai’. But yesterday only I got answers to all my questions. Its all a part of life. There was a man who was about to quit his life, his relationship, his spirituality. He went to woods to have a last chat with God. He asked God can he give him one reason not to quit. God replied “I planted the fern and the bamboo seed and took good care of them. Fern rapidly grew from earth and its green covered the floor, yet nothing came from bamboo seed. But I didn’t quit on bamboo God said. In the second year fern grew more vibrant and plentiful, again nothing came from bamboo seed, but didn’t quit on bamboo seed. In the three years nothing came from bamboo seed. Still I wouldn’t quit on bamboo God replied. But the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to fern it was very small and insignificant. Six months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It spent five years growing roots and indeed needed it to survive. I wouldn’t give my creation a challenge it couldn’t handle. The God explained to the man that all these years that he has been spent struggling actually growing roots. Don’t compare yourself to others. God said “Bamboo had a different purpose than fern. Yet they both made the forest beautiful, your time will come, you will rise high.” The man asked “How high will I rise?” God replied “How high will the bamboo rise?” man said as high it can. God said “Give me glory by rising as high as you can”. The man left the forest. We always ask God to give us better marks but God won’t ever give us anything if we beg for something. God has given us a life to live not to compete or race. Worrying about future won’t fetch us anything. We strive to finish school, strive to finish college, strive to start working, strive to marry, strive to retire and at the end we realize that we forgot to live. By working on a better present we are also sowing seeds for a better future, aren’t we? God has created this beautiful world with the touch and blessing of nature with a pinch of intellectual artificial creativity of man, just for us. Even a second gone of our life never comes back again so live it to the fullest it’s a pleasant and an exciting journey. ‘Chalte raho, lage raho, enjoy karo.’ Celebrate your life coz ‘Yeh zindagi milegi na dubara’